Soundproofing Your Minneapolis Windows 02/19/2018George Christ Do you ever have a situation where you’re jolted out of sleep early in the morning by traffic or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises on the outside? Noise enters your home through openings, crevices, and through your windows and can result in restless nights. Windows, especially bigger, older windows, can be a major source of sound disturbing your home, and by soundproofing your windows you can drastically mitigate unwanted noise. These are some things that Minneapolis residents can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from coming in from outdoors. Add caulk or weatherstripping to the window frame Installing caulk or weatherstripping is an inexpensive DIY solution to reduce noise. Because sound enters anywhere that air can flow through, blocking any cracks or openings by your windows will reduce noise. You can add foam tape to the outside of your window sashes. For a double-hung window or a sliding door you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also apply caulk around windows and over any splits to block airflow. One downside of this do it yourself solution is that it’s more of a short-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look. Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters Adding dense window treatments such as Minneapolis’s best plantation shutters can help soundproof your windows immensely. Plantation shutters are an eye-pleasing way to reduce the noise entering your home while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out noise as well as heat and cold. Polywood faux wood shutters are resilient, meaning they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically more affordable than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent piece of your home, which can increase your home’s sale value on the market. Use a sound-proofing plug If you have a lot of loud constant noise like construction noises you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you fit into the crevice around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and might look unattractive), people use sound plugs in the evening or if they really need them for a short period of time. Replace or install another window If you have old windows and you experience draftiness as well as distracting outside sounds, it could be time to think about replacing your windows. If replacing all your windows is outside of your budget, you can put in exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that replacing your windows or adding extra panes can still be a very expensive option. Start reducing your outside noise today Are you ready for a good night’s sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to set up a free window treatment estimate. We’ll show you all your window covering options in Minneapolis and end your noise problem with a solution that is as stylish as it is functional.